Images: Top 10 New Species of 2014


Olinguito at Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Ecuador

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Olinguito at Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Ecuador. The olinguito was found in zoos, but not realized to be a new species until the past year.

Olinguito Profile

olinguito in ecuador

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Too cute! An olinguito mugs for the camera in Ecuador.

Tree-Living Olinguito

Olinguito at Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Ecuador

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An olinguito peers at the camera at Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Ecuador.

Dragon Tree

kaweesak dragon tree in thailand

(Image credit: Paul Wilkin)

Kaweesak’s Dragon Tree, Dracaena kaweesakii, found in Thailand.

Dragon's Breath

kaweesak dragon tree in thailand flower

(Image credit: Warakorn Kasempankul/Parinya Siriponamat)

The flower of the Kaweesak's Dragon Tree, with creamy white petals and orange filaments.

Ice Anemones

antarctic ice anemone

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Edwardsiella andrillae, a new species of anemone, lives on the underside of Antarctic sea ice.

Ice Anemone Anatomy

ice anemony close-up

(Image credit: Marymegan Daly)

A close look at ice-living anemones in Anarctica.

Skeleton Srhimp

skeleton shrimp at santa catalina island

(Image credit: SINC (Servicio de Informacion y Noticias CientÌficas) and J.M. Guerra-García)

Liropus minusculus is a shrimp of a shrimp. Measuring just a few millimeters long, this translucent shrimp lives in sea caves on Santa Catalina island.

Orange Penicillium

orange penicillium from tunisia

(Image credit: Courtesy of Cobus M. Visagie)

A new species of fungust, orange penicillium or Penicillium vanoranjei. The fungust comes from soil in Tunisia.

Leaf-Tailed Gecko

leaf-tailed gecko from australia

(Image credit: Conrad Hoskin)

Saltuarius eximius, a new leaf-tailed gecko from the remote rainforests of northern Australia.

Leaf-Tailed Gecko Tail

leaf-tailed gecko from above

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A bird's-eye view of the leaf-tailed gecko, highlighting the broad, flat tail that gave the species its name.

Stephanie Pappas
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Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science, covering topics ranging from geoscience to archaeology to the human brain and behavior. She was previously a senior writer for Live Science but is now a freelancer based in Denver, Colorado, and regularly contributes to Scientific American and The Monitor, the monthly magazine of the American Psychological Association. Stephanie received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.